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December 11, 2008 at 2:34 PM

PSU star questionable for Sunday

Even though Portland State is a pretty good team, at 7-1 overall and picked to again win the Big Sky title, the Huskies figure to be fairly heavy favorites for Sunday’s 5 p.m. game at Hec Ed.
And the odds against the Vikings may be even greater if star guard Jeremiah Dominguez is unable to play.
As of today, PSU coach Ken Bone, a former UW assistant, says Dominguez is questionable while battling what he called a “chipped fracture” in his right index finger.
The 5-6 Dominguez was the Big Sky Player of the Year last season, averaging 14.2 points, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
He scored 24 and 23 points in PSU’s first two games this season before hurting his finger.
Bone said Dominguez initially tried to play through it, but after scoring just 14 points in the next four games, the coach decided to give Dominguez some time off to let it heal.
He has not practiced with the team for a week and a half and Bone didn’t know when he would return, saying “he’s questionable for Sunday.”
The potential loss of Dominguez would put that much more pressure on former Husky Phil Nelson to have a big game. Nelson is averaging 10.1 points per game in his first season of eligibility for the Vikings after transferring there in fall 2007, but has been the definition of erratic. After scoring 16, 24 and 16 points in three games in the Great Alaska Shootout to earn all-tournament honors, he has scored four points in two games since against Seattle U and Lewis and Clark. For the season, he is shooting 26-73, 35.6 percent.
“He’s been up-and-down so far,” Bone said. “He’s had a couple of really good games and some other games where he’s just struggled. I don’t think he’s found his rhythm yet.
“Maybe I haven’t done a good enough job yet of defining Phil’s role. But we’ll get there in time. I know he is better than what he has played so far. There are better days ahead for him. That’s the good thing.”
The Vikings are also a little thin in bench depth on the perimeter as 6-5 guard Paul Guede, a sophomore JC transfer, is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his left foot. He averaged 4.5 points in 12.5 minutes in the first two games before suffering the injury. Guede is a native of London and a friend of UW center Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

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